Don’t Let Mississippi Essentially Ban Abortion

Mississippi

Target: The United States Department of Justice

Goal: To stop the state of Mississippi from enacting regulations which would de-facto ban all abortions in the state.

Recently, new regulations on abortion doctors passed by the Mississippi state government were enacted. These regulations, crafted by intensely anti-choice state legislators, will essentially ban abortions within the state of Mississippi. Regardless of whether one supports abortion rights or not, such rights are constitutionally protected civil rights and any attack on them must be stopped.

Abortions, while not overtly banned by the new MS regulations, will become functionally impossible to obtain, as no doctors will be able to perform them legally. Among other things, the new regulations mandate that all doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Currently, no local hospital in MS is willing to grant an out-of-state abortion doctor admitting privileges due to the intense stigma attached to these doctors and the protest which they would experience. Therefore, no surgical abortions will be legal once these regulations take effect.

Sign this petition in order to convince the Department of Justice to pursue action against the state of Mississippi and attempt to stop the implementation of the new restrictions. Some politicians attempt to subvert constitutionally protected rights through indirect means (ex. voter ID laws), and we must recognize this wherever it is the case in order to stop them. Don’t let the state of Mississippi subvert the constitution and ban abortion services in their state through the use of a thinly veiled regulatory increase.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Department of Justice,

In July of 2012, the state of Mississippi will essentially ban abortion through an increase of regulations governing the doctors who are allowed to perform abortions. New regulations will ban any doctor without admitting privileges from a local hospital from performing any surgical abortion within the state; this is not a rational regulation and was created with the express purpose of ending abortion rights in Mississippi.

No Mississippi hospital will grant admitting privileges to a doctor who performs abortions because they would suffer immense repercussion from the extreme anti-choice activist groups within the state. As no hospital will grant the required privileges to the doctors, there is no functional way for them to comply with this new regulation, thus abortion is essentially outlawed in Mississippi.

Abortion rights are considered protected civil rights according to the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, and any attempt to abrogate them must be met with challenge. The DOJ (you) must look into the Mississippi law to see whether the new regulations intentionally violates the constitutional rights of Mississippi women. If these regulations are simply efforts to stop abortion providers from operating, you must begin a legal case to remedy this injustice.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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